We live in northwest Louisiana, and yesterday we got the winds and rain from Hurricane Ike. We lost electricity just as Pearce and I were about to put homemade cookies into the oven. The electricity was off for about 5 hours. We have a rather large yard (almost 3 acres), and we lost a lot of branches and 1 large oak tree. Fortunately, it didn't hit the house. The last time we had a wind storm of any magnitude , we lost 3 trees. One of those hit the fence and one hit a shed corner. But this storm wasn't that bad. Electricity was out for a lot of people, so we got together with some friends, grilled and had a Hurricane Party. Any reason to get together, fellowship and eat...it's a southern thang.
I don't ever remember Hurricane Warnings or Watches when I was growing up, and this is my hometown. But it will definitely be something my kids will remember. Thankfully, we didn't have any tornadoes.
We feel for those who were hardest hit.